“We have fun owners!” laughed airpark community developer Mike Ciochetti, when asked what best described the kind of people who live in the exclusive Heaven’s Landing located just outside Clayton, Ga., surrounded by the Chattahoochee National Forest.
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This week in Las Vegas, Trade-A-Plane–the “shoestring operation” that Cosby Harrison and his wife, Margaret, began in Crossville, Tenn., 76 years ago–continues as general aviation’s popular shopping guide. Born on the Harrison kitchen table, Trade-A-Plane is now a multimedia operation employing 150 people.
When most operators put a new turbine-powered Robinson R66 into service they spend some time flying it around the local area just to check things out. But when Moscow-based Aviamarket got its first pair of turbine-powered R66s, the company went a bit further. A six-week around-the-world-type further, to be exact.
As the Robinson dealer in Moscow and operator of a growing helicopter flying club, Avamarket’s team was eager to show off the capabilities of their first pair of R66s, which had received Russian certification in March.
AOPA is demanding that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) halt indiscriminate stops of general aviation aircraft, and the association’s newly installed president, Mark Baker, spent much of his first week on the job meeting with members of Congress as they returned to work from their annual summer recess.
FltPlan.com said that there have been no glitches with general aviation pilots using its new pre-departure clearance (PDC) delivery system, which was rolled out in May, despite early concerns they would have difficulty interpreting PDCs. “There haven’t been any instances of pilot deviations based on general aviation pilots using our system,” said FltPlan.com president Ken Wilson.
More than half of the 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives now belong to the House General Aviation Caucus, according to group co-chairs Sam Graves (R.Mo.) and John Barrow (D-Ga.). On Friday, the caucus passed the 218-member mark and kept going, totaling 223 at press time. “This achievement is due to the tremendous leadership and hard work of Congressmen Graves and Barrow and their staffs,” said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce.
Online flight-planning service FltPlan.com has launched a completely redesigned website. The new site, which the company said is simplified and easier to navigate, features all the same previous tools, such as weather/notams, airports and FBOs, area fuel prices, nearby airports, quick trip information, digital charts, and aircraft tracking. This is the first major redesign of FltPlan.com since it started 14 years ago. Pilots create more than five million flight plans annually using FltPlan’s website and apps.
Certain helicopter makers such as Enstrom and various kit makers have long been a staple at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) annual AirVenture convention. For Enstrom, the journey represents a little more than an hour’s flight from its factory in Menominee, Mich. However, other mainline helicopter OEMs historically have been reluctant to exhibit at the nation’s largest airshow–until this year.
The International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA) has approved Jordan as its 72nd affiliate, making it the seventh IAOPA Middle Eastern affiliate after Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Turkey, Israel and Egypt. “From an IAOPA and global general aviation perspective, we are excited to see GA take root in the Middle East and for governments there to recognize its economic importance,” said IAOPA secretary general Craig Spence.
Mark Baker, a long-time general aviation pilot and former executive at Home Depot and Scotts Miracle Gro, was named AOPA president and CEO on Tuesday, succeeding Craig Fuller. Baker, who officially takes the reins of the association on September 6, will be the fifth AOPA president since the organization was founded nearly 75 years ago.